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Top 10 Reasons to be a McKelvey Engineer
The McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis offers students a rigorous engineering education in a collaborative environment. However, the advantages of becoming a WashU engineer go beyond academics.
You'll make new discoveries
We’re not just a top university and world leader in research and education — we’re making a difference to solve challenges that impact our community and the world. See how we are doing on Instagram at WashUengineers.
You'll get hands-on learning
We believe in learning by doing. You’ll conduct research with the best faculty in engineering, medicine and the sciences. In fact, 60 percent of undergraduate students conduct research or take part in an independent study.
You'll control your degree
We offer more than one path to your goal — 65 percent of engineering undergraduate students pursue a second degree, a combined graduate degree or a minor, often in a non-engineering discipline.
You'll travel the world
We encourage you to study abroad, including in engineering-specific programs offered in Scotland, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, England and New Zealand.
You'll join a global network of peers
You’ll be part of a global alumni network of more than 23,000 industry leaders, including NASA’s chief astronaut , a Nobel Laureate and the co-founder of Square.
You'll have access to cutting-edge facilities
Our beautiful campus features a state-of-the-art Engineering complex, including our two newest academic buildings, Jubel Hall and McKelvey Hall.
You'll make a difference
You’ll join other students and get involved through building race cars, providing STEM outreach in local schools or traveling to Uganda to work with a community on an engineering project.
You'll have the chance to start something new
Do you have the “E gene”? We help students turn an idea into a product, company or social movement through our unique entrepreneurship programs and competitions.
You'll explore your passions
You’ll have a chance to explore all your interests — in the classroom and out. Despite less than 20 percent of the WashU student body being athletes, more than 27 percent of those athletes are Engineering majors.
You'll get the help you need
Cost will not be a barrier — we fully meet the demonstrated financial need of all admitted students.